Today, December 28, Antonov State Enterprise, part of Ukroboronprom, presented the first An-178-100R â001 military transport aircraft designed for certification testing. Experts and senior army officers participated in the completion of construction and testing of the aircraft.
The An-178 military transport can be used for personnel transport, delivery of weapons and light military equipment by grounding and parachuting methods, as well as for the transport of goods.
“Tomorrow will be exactly a year since we gathered at this workshop to sign a historic contract with the direct support and participation of the President, launching new planes into the skies for our Army and our Armed Forces.”
âToday we are seeing the first results of this contract: the aircraft which will soon take to the skies and serve our Armies. A year ago, very few people were convinced that we were capable, that we were ready, and that we would do it. Today, we are confirming not only the capacity but also the ambitions of new contracts: military contracts for the Armies, for the Ministry of Infrastructures, the Ministry of the Interior. â
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âSo I am convinced that we have a lot of work ahead of us. And may the new year 2022 bring us a lot of new contracts, a lot more work, a lot of new planes. This year, Ukroboronprom’s production figures have increased by more than 20%, mainly due to the construction of planes. That is why I would like to sincerely thank them for their work – Glory to the Antonov State Enterprise, Glory to all employees of this legendary factory, and Glory to Ukraine! Â», Said Yuri Gusev, general manager of Ukroboronprom.
Foreign suppliers from Europe, America and Canada are also involved in the equipment of the aircraft. Much work has been done during the implementation of the An-178 program to ensure a new qualitative level of all aircraft systems, including hydraulic system, aircraft control systems, power supply electric, air conditioning, etc.
âIt’s a very emotional moment. Many of us dreamed of being pilots when we were kids. But the most difficult task is to build an aircraft, which will then be used by the pilots. In my opinion, it is symbolic and significant that Ukraine demonstrates its defense capabilities through synergy and joint efforts. Today the ceremony takes place in the presence of representatives of the relevant parliamentary committee, which is fully supported by the armed forces, representatives of the Ukrainian armed forces, the air force command, the leadership of Ukrobornprom and factory, Ministry of Strategy and Ministry of Defense. I am sure that this synergy is the key to our success. And there will not only be three of these planes, but there will also be more. We have proven that we know how to build, fly and defend ourselves. Thank you very much for that, âDefense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.
âI sincerely thank the Antonov employees for showing, demonstrating on metal that we are a team doing everything possible to improve our armed forces. Believe in the Armed Forces, believe in Ukraine! Said Oleksandr Zavitnevych, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security, defense and intelligence.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Yevhen Moisyuk stressed: âThe Ukrainian Armed Forces need modern military equipment that will increase our capabilities and strengthen national stability. I am sure that this aircraft, the AN-178, in the skillful hands of our pilots will bring victory to Ukraine. “
Mykola Oleshchuk, Air Force Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said: âThe Air Force has been waiting on board the Ukrainian Army for thirty years. And it is good that it is a Ukrainian-made aircraft – An-178!
“We still have to go through a difficult path: preparing the flight personnel, specialists in the aeronautical engineering service, so that we can control this aircraft, repair it and carry out combat missions with quality.”
In his speech, the Ukrainian First Deputy Minister of Strategic Industries, Denis Sharapov, underlined that with the creation of the Ministry of Strategic Industries, the state has focused much more on aircraft construction.
As a result, the official said that the ministry, together with stakeholders, has drawn up a state scientific and technical program for the development of the aviation industry for 2021-2030, which has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. from Ukraine last fall.
âThe implementation of the program both to promote and create new aeronautical technologies and materials, new jobs in Ukraine. Aircraft manufacturing should become a locomotive for many sectors of our economy, âsaid Denis Sharapov.
Changes were made to the design of the aircraft to ensure the functionality of landing passengers and cargo, as well as to perform other tasks of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The state order for the construction of three planes was received at the end of December 2020 with the support of Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine.
Construction of aircraft to meet the needs of the armed forces is carried out according to plans. Construction of the glider for the first of the three aircraft ordered has been completed. The fuselage, wing and tail of the second An-178-100R were assembled ahead of schedule, and fuselage assembly for this aircraft has begun.
Today’s event was made possible by the coordinated work of the Antonov team. It is certain that this work was dedicated because it did not stop even during the growing pandemic. Our sincere thanks to all the employees of the company and to our partners! There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I am sure that together we will accomplish all the tasks aimed at equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine with new transport planes! Â», Said Serhiy Bychkov, general manager of Antonov.